Here in the CU Anschutz Immunology and Microbiology Department, we understand and value diversity. To generate receptors involved in the adaptive immune response, hundreds of unique gene segments come together in novel combinations to generate solutions to millions of unique binding problems. In the microbiome, a complex population of microbes interact in concert for optimal co-existence with each other and the greater environment. We understand that the strength of our immune system and the benefit of the microbiome is in diversity. So too, we understand that diversity in composition of our teams can come together to build novel, complementary, and resilient research and education systems. We strive to include diversity of individuals, expertise, ideas and styles to synergize in generating research and education outcomes beyond any one of us.